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  • In its sixth year: 1300 new users per hour on Babbel

    Berlin, – Babbel, the online learning system for languages, reports three-digit growth figures just in time to celebrate its sixth birthday. More record highs are also expected in 2014. The massive increase in demand at Babbel is attributed to the high product quality and strategic personnel development, focussing on the needs of the users. This year, the Berlin-based company continues to set its sights on growth with the introduction of a new language, as well as international expansion.

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  • In its sixth year: 1300 new users per hour on Babbel

    Berlin, – Babbel, the online learning system for languages, reports three-digit growth figures just in time to celebrate its sixth birthday. More record highs are also expected in 2014. The massive increase in demand at Babbel is attributed to the high product quality and strategic personnel development, focussing on the needs of the users. This year, the Berlin-based company continues to set its sights on growth with the introduction of a new language, as well as international expansion.

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  • Babbel welcomes Boris Diebold as Vice President of Engineering

    Berlin, – After the recent arrival of Florian Unger from Bertelsmann AG, Babbel, the learning system for languages, gains another top manager from a large company with Boris Diebold coming on board. Diebold, who was previously working for Accenture GmbH, takes over the new position of Vice President of Engineering at Babbel. He is responsible for the technical development of the Babbel learning system and the expansion of the engineering team. With Boris Diebold in the executive position of Vice President of Engineering, Babbel will also be continuing its expansion in IT. Diebold is responsible for technical product develo-pment and the further expansion of the engineering team. In this position, he reports directly to CTO and Babbel co-founder Thomas Holl. Thomas Holl welcomes the expansion of the Babbel management team: “I am delighted that we have acquired Boris Diebold for the position of Vice President of Engineering. With his expertise in the areas of software, project management and team leadership he will bring Babbel to the next level.” Before Babbel, Diebold has worked twelve years in various management positions at Ac-centure GmbH. He managed complex IT projects both in Germany as well as internationally, among others for leading Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, as Senior Manager in the Systems Integration and Technology division, Diebold was responsible for technical account management for multiple clients. In his role, he focused on the implementation of large custom-build software projects with up to 250 employees and offshoring. He began his career while still graduating in computer science as co-founder of the music software company d-lusion interactive which was later acquired by the Berlin-based com-pany Native Instruments. “Instead of moving up another level in a big consulting firm, I want to get closer to the actual product again. I am looking forward to bringing to Babbel my expertise in building up a highly motivated engineering team and, therefore, to help provide the best possible experience to our users”, asserts Boris Diebold.

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  • Babbel launches over 6000 hours of learning material for the iPhone

    Berlin, – Babbel is launching its complete language learning system for the iPhone to coincide with the release of iOS 7. Users with or without previous knowledge can use one account to log in on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and on the web to access the premium courses. Learning progress is automatically synchronized across all of the platforms.

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  • Head of Marketing Annabella Da Encarnacao transfers from Team Europe to Team Babbel

    Berlin, – Babbel’s expansion of its international squad continues. With the arrival of Annabella Da Encarnacao as director of performance marketing, the Berlin-based internet company has signed another top-class player.

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  • Servus, Gaudi, Prosit - Get ready for Oktoberfest with Babbel in 20 minutes!

    Berlin, – The online language learning tool Babbel is making a vocabulary trainer about Oktoberfest available for all visitors to Munich. Useful example sentences and practical pronunciation exercises provide a fast and entertaining preparation for a visit to the world’s largest folk festival. Furthermore, Babbel provides background on the history of Oktoberfest and its attractions.

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  • “Don’t shoot fire the founder – unless you absolutely have to”

    Berlin, – With his extensive experience in directing and advising international companies such as Bigpoint and MTV, the London entrepreneur Simon Guild will now round out the board of the cross-platform learning system Babbel (Lesson Nine GmbH).

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  • Babbel brings on Simon Guild as new board member

    Berlin, – With his extensive experience in directing and advising international companies such as Bigpoint and MTV, the London entrepreneur Simon Guild will now round out the board of the cross-platform learning system Babbel (Lesson Nine GmbH).

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  • Zabaione or Zampone? Crêpe or Galette? Babbel's Culinary Language Courses

    Berlin, – What’s behind dishes like Pane Toscano, Un plateau de charcuterie corse, or El lacón con grelos? Babbel’s new courses, “Italian Cuisine,” “French Cuisine,” and “Spanish Cuisine,” shed some light on the typical gastronomy of the regions while demystifying the peculiarities of Mediterranean eating habits. The sequence of the menu, traditional dishes, local ingredients and spices: the language courses are a culinary journey through the South conveying the most essential vocabulary for talking about different food cultures.

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  • Babbel apps crack the 10 million downloads mark

    Berlin, – The language learning tool Babbel has achieved a record 10 million downloads of its successful apps for mobile language learning. The apps are available in over 190 countries and are especially popular in countries such as Germany, France and the United States. English is the most popular language learned with the Babbel app: The app for learning English represents approximately one third of the apps downloaded. It is followed by the apps for learning Spanish and French.

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  • Babbel Closes $10 Million Series B Funding Round

    Berlin, – Babbel, the online learning system for foreign languages, today announced the closing of a series B funding round. Leading the round is Reed Elsevier Ventures. Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners as well as existing investors, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft via its VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, and Kizoo Technology Ventures. The investment will be used to accelerate international expansion and improve the adaptation to all relevant mobile and online platforms.

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  • Education Startup babbel.com Acquires San Francisco based PlaySay

    Berlin, – Today babbel.com announced that it will complete the acquisition of PlaySay, a social language learning app for the iPhone that incorporates real conversations and pronunciation feedback with native speakers. PlaySay users will from now on join babbel.com. PlaySay CEO Ryan Meinzer will join the Babbel Team.

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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Microsoft present award for Babbel Windows 8 app at CeBIT 2013

    Berlin, – At CeBIT today, the Microsoft initiative, “Chancenrepublik Deutschland” [Opportunity Country: Germany] gave the second “Innovate 4 Society Award” for innovative IT solutions. Winner of the competition in the category “Established Company” is the Berlin-based Lesson Nine GmbH, with their online language learning system, babbel.com, and their app for Windows 8.

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  • Eleven New Language Learning Apps for Windows Phone 8

    Berlin, – With the new Business German courses on Babbel, both beginners and professionals can focus on preparing for essential job-related situations, from the interview to everyday office activities online. According to an internal survey, over a third of Babbel users are studying German for professional reasons.

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  • Business German? Get fit for the job with Babbel's new course

    Berlin, – With the new Business German courses on Babbel.com, both beginners and professionals can focus on preparing for essential job-related situations, from the interview to everyday office activities online. According to an internal survey, over a third of Babbel users are studying German for professional reasons.

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  • Five years since launching, Babbel has proven itself as language learning method

    Berlin, – Today the online language learning system Babbel.com celebrates its fifth birthday. With its successful web offerings and mobile apps, the Berlin startup is now recognized as abroad-based provider for language education worldwide. In 2013, the rate of expansion is increasing, both internally as well as externally.

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  • Babbel Publishes its First Kindle eBook for Learning German

    Berlin, – The online language learning system Babbel has just released a Kindle eBook for learning German. “Learn German: Beginner’s Course 1,” conveys the most essential words and phrases, as well as basic German grammar.

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  • iBook for Learners of Spanish Now at Babbel

    Berlin, – The online language learning system Babbel has published an iBook for native speakers of English to learn Spanish. “Learn Spanish: Beginner’s Course 1” teaches essential vocabulary words and phrases as well as the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Babbel’s second iBook is an entertaining and up-to-date introduction to this foreign language and is an excellent way to prepare for travel to Spain or Latin America.

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